Mastering the Art of Living
“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.”
― James A. Michener
Elisa began her hospitality career in Baking & Pastry at the Michelin starred Takashi in Chicago. Shortly after she earned her B.A.S. in Hospitality Management specializing in Event Planning and Culinary Arts.
While in Chicago, Elisa worked for the esteemed bakery Fox & Obel before making the transition to the Front of House where she worked as Maitre’d at the Michelin starred Sepia.
She has assisted in opening several restaurants including R.M. Champagne Salon where Elisa, under the mentorship of Sommelier Jason Wagner and Creative Marketing Stylist Mel Muoio, discovered her true love of hospitality, entertaining and bringing people together through food, wine, style and design!
Inspired by Elsa Maxwell, Elisa has certainly skilled herself on “How to do it. The lively art of Entertaining.”
In 2013, Elisa was recruited to New York City to assist in opening Fung Tu alongside her good friend and mentor Jason Wagner. With Fung Tu Elisa was featured in New York Magazine, The New York Times, and a woman’s fashion and lifestyle magazine Verily.
She has lent her talents to several Michelin acclaimed restaurants including Cafe Boulud NY, Racines NY, Amass in Copenhagen, Denmark and Günter Seeger NY.
Elisa also is a contributing Editor for the Daily Globe U.K., and Taste, Travel & Trends Magazine.
Currently Elisa is taking courses through the Sommelier Society of America with the goal of becoming a certified Sommelier by the end of Summer 2018.
You can follow her savoring life on instagram @elisacrye